THAT DIY PARTY time!

Hello, DIY friends! Happy June! It’s my favorite season: Summer! Sunshine and warmth, beautiful weather, picnics, cook-outs, swimming and family time. But it’s also a great time for DIY. Spray painting outdoors, working in the yard, long days for productivity! Bring it on!

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DIY Show Off Recap:

Thrifty gallery wall and room accents

thrift store gallery wall

Painting  and stenciling faux-paneled walls

lilac and white damask

SHOWING OFF:  Here are some highlights from last week’s DIY party for some summer time DIY inspiration.

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~Awesome Rooms~

Wow! Ashley’s dining room reveal packed full of amazing DIY projects at Bigger than the Three of Us is a must see!

dining room makeover - bigger than the three of us blog

Linda has a dining room reveal at It All Started with Paint. I love her navy walls, beautiful white board and batten and that fabulous rug.

dining room reveal at It All Started With Paint blog

It’s so fun when a room reflects personality and interests. How about this awesome music and fashion inspired office/craft room at If It’s Not Baroque Design…great reveal with lots of before/after shots.

music fashion inspired office at If It's Not Baroque

beautiful bathroom makeover (and board and batten) at DIY with Jen and B.

bathroom makeover at DIY with Jen and B

A bright and happy vintage inspired bathroom reveal by Tricia at Simplicity in the South.

bathroom reveal at Simplicity in the South

Rita Joy, I’d be happy to be home every time I walked into this beautiful entryway! See the evolving entryway at Harbour Breeze Home.

entryway-makeover at Harbour Breeze Home

Karri joins the room reveals with sharing her gorgeous bathroom makeover at House of Tubers.

bathroom makever - House of Tubers

~Fab Furniture~

Thanks to Deb, I’ll be keeping my eyes open for one of these while yard sale shopping. Bar cart makeover at Lake Girl Paints.

Bar Cart with Gray and White Stripes - Lake Girl Paints

Korrie has been trying her hand at furniture building lately and is quite awesome at it. Her latest DIY adventure includes building a dresser at Red Hen Home. Wow!

Red Hen Home Handbuilt Bedroom Dresser

Kitchen island envy! Courtney’s DIY (Ikea hack) kitchen island at Golden Boys and Me is ahhhh-mazing!

diy kitchen island at Golden Boys and Me

Meredith uses beautiful overlays to take a boring old dresser to beautiful office storage piece at Meredith and the New Yorkie. So pretty!

Dresser-With-Overlays at Meredith and the New Yorkie

~Amazing Accents~

I love patriotic decorative accents this time of year, don’t you? Check out the awesome Pottery Barn knock off patriotic banner at Remodelando la Casa. Love it, Cristina!

pb knock-off Patriotic Banner at Remodelando la Casa

For those of us without an i-Home for our i-Phone, try this! (I am!) Chaney shares how to make an i-phone speaker at May Richer Fuller Be. Yep, that’s an empty toilet paper roll.

DIY iPhone Speaker - May Richer Fuller Be

Awesome DIY pendant light at Teal and Lime. LOOOOOOVe it, Jackie!

diybrasspendantlight at Teal and Lime

Agi shares how she made this darling DIY letter holder at Passion Shake.

DIY vintage letter holder at Passion Shake

~Outdoor Decorating~

Diane shares great tips for how to plant a beautiful flowering window box at An Extraordinary Day. Gorgeous!

How-to-plant-a-window-box-garden-Dragon-Wing-Begonias-AnExtraordinaryDay

Not only does Krista work her decorating magic inside, her summer deck-orating at the Happy Housie is just as stunning. You don’t want to miss her pretty view or her upcycled colander succulent planter as well. So much to see!

Decked-Out-for-Summer-at-thehappyhousie

House numbers and a flower box? Yes, please! See the house number sign tutorial at Second Chance to Dream.

house number sign tutorial at Second Chance to Dream

So clever and so creative – an old crockpot becomes a planter at Redoux.

crock pot planter at Redoux

~Tips & Tricks~

Therese shares her experience and tips on choosing hardwood floors at Fresh Ideas Studio. I have to agree with her. We’re thrilled with our extra durable hand-scraped/antique bamboo floors.

choosing hardwood flooring - Fresh Idea Studio

Shannon shares her experience and some great tips & tricks for stenciling with chalk at Fox Hollow Cottage. Can’t wait to try this on my chalkboard wall. Thanks, Shannon!

How-to-Stencil-with-Chalk at Fox Hollow Cottage

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More DIY Highlights: Previous week’s DIY highlights if you missed them. So much creativity!

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THAT DIY PARTY: Now let’s see what you’ve been up to!

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2. This blog linky party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted. Please share your link one week only.  Please do not link recipes, giveaways, linky parties, promotions or a collection of inspiration that isn’t your own DIY project. 

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THAT DIY PARTY and DIY Favorites

Hello, DIY friends! Happy Memorial Day Weekend! For most, it’s the first weekend of the summer filled with picnics and family get togethers, making memories,  but the long weekend is also perfect for catching up on some do-it-yourself projects around the house.

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DIY Show Off Recap:

DIY Shaded Pet Bed

DIY Dog Bed

Fabric Interfacing/Applique Tutorial

Silhouette-greyhound-applique

(and Silhouette Portrait Giveaway through Monday, May 27th)

DIY Highlights

SHOWING OFF:  Here are some highlights from last week’s DIY party for some summer time DIY inspiration. (*Reminder: Please pin from the original source links included below.)

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~Awesome Rooms~

Mel really transformed her kitchen with a DIY wood plank back splash at Junkin Junky. Wow!

wood plank kitchen backsplash at Junkin Junky

A change in seasons is the perfect time to give a room a mini-makeover with moving things around and a few fresh new accents. Lisa shares her pretty family room changes at Before Meets After.

new changes in family room Before Meets After blog

I think Anu is secretly Wonder Woman. Her modern dining room reveal at Nalle’s House is stunning…a bright, beautiful transformation.

dining room after kitchen at Nalles House

An awesome entryway makeover at Hey Ambular makes this space much more functional.

entry way makeover at Hey Ambular

~Fab Furniture~

Rebecca did an awesome job with this gorgeous vintage chair makeover at Living Better Together.

vintage chair Living Better Together

If you saw the condition of the “before”, you’d agree with me that Courtney did an amazing job on this dining set makeover at A Diamond in the Stuff. Lovely!

french country dining set makeover

I always love seeing the furniture rescues and makeovers at the Weathered Door. Isn’t this a beauty? Inspiring!

small antique buffet at the Weathered Door

Another super talented amazing furniture doctor, Restoration Redoux. This happy yellow side table makeover makes you feel better and smile, doesn’t it?

YellowTable at Restoration Redoux

Shavonda shares some great tips for using oil based paint in her table makeover at A House Full of Color. Beautiful results!

oil based painted table makeover at A Home Full of Color

~Amazing Accents~

I love embroidery hoop art. Easy way to add pattern and color into a room and Carrie does  the cutest job in the nursery with nautical themed embroidery hoop art at Making Lemonade blog.

Making Lemonade - embroidery hoop art

Limited budgets often inspired DIY as is the case for Laura. Her knock-off PB Hayden utility boards at Inspiration for Moms are every bit as awesome as the real version for a fraction of the price.

hayden utility boards DIY by Inspiration for Moms

Another PB inspired DIY: Jaime always has the coolest fun DIY projects. Check out her PB inspired lazy susan tutorial at That’s My Letter. Wood. Metal. Love it!

DIY PB inspired lazy susan at That's My Letter

While we’re on the subject of knock-offs, Kim’s Ballard inspired rop mirror at Made in a Day is a great summer/nautical accent.

diy-rope-mirror by Made in a Day

I’m not good with installing zippers or buttons when it comes to sewing, so I do exactly what Krista shows you: Simple DIY envelope pillow covers at The Happy Housie. Great tutorial!

simple-envelope-pillows-at-thehappyhousie

How cool is this idea for displaying medals at Shaped by Grace?

Medal Holder at Shaped by Grace

I love love love this chalkboard basket organizer by Lesa at Home Frosting. Chalkboard. Seagrass. Awesome-ness!

chalkboard organizer at Home Frosting

Marianne always has the cutest DIY and rooms filled with charm. I love her vintage door chalkboard at Songbird.

chalkboard-kitchen-door Songbird blog

~Outdoor Decorating~

I love pretty colorful flowers for summer time outdoor decorating. See a great tutorial for DIY hanging baskets at Life After Empty Nest. Thanks for the tips, Sharon!

DIY Hanging Flower Basket Life After Empty Nest

Beautiful inspiring window boxes at Just Grand. Erin…those are stunning! Wow!

window boxes at Just Grand blog

Jenna at Rain on a Tin Roof: screened in porch makeover is so pretty. Love the decorative accents and comfortable space for summer days.

screened in porch makeover at Rain on a Tin Roof

Desiree’s fun summer wreath at the 36th Avenue is a great way to add some colorful whimsy to welcome guests. So cute!

summer wreath at the 36th Avenue blog

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More DIY Highlights: Previous week’s DIY highlights if you missed them. So much creativity!

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THAT DIY PARTY: Now let’s see what you’ve been up to!

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DIY {dresser drawer} Dog Bed

As a part of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas team, I was excited that the May Challenge revealed using Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year…emerald! I knew it’d be the perfect fun color for the new dog bed I planned to make for CocoRosie. Pantone’s Emerald is one of those colors that would look amazing paired with navy, yellow, tangerine, coral, raspberry, fuchsia or pink. I decided to go girly for our new female furry family member.

DIY Dog Bed

She loves to lounge around outside, especially since we utilize our patio a lot during nice weather. Sunbathing is one of her favorite past times although there are occasions when she seeks shade and Italian Greyhounds are prone to sunburn because of the short fur. The hot pink parasol provides a bit of shade and a ton of cute-ness paired with Emerald and coordinating fabrics.

diy-dog-bed-tutorial

Materials I used:

  • old dresser drawer
  • paint (Valspar Signature Paint, semi-gloss, Pantone Emerald and Berry Brown)
  • FrogTape
  • furniture feet x 4 (also table leg plates/hardware if needed)
  • coordinating pillow or DIY cushion
  • matching parasol/umbrella
  • hardware to attach the parasol to the drawer (hose clamp or pipe strap)

What I did: 

1. An old free/found dresser supplied the drawer. I gave it a good scrubbing. You may also want to sand your dresser drawer face board if needed or remove drawer handles for painting and replace when finished.

dresser drawer dog bed

2. I simply drilled pilot holes in the wider dresser front and back bottom boards then screwed in the feet.

legs for a DIY dresser drawer dog bed

CocoRosie is only 10 lbs. and this worked for us. There is also hardware (table leg plates) for furniture legs sold in the same aisle at Lowe’s for a sturdier option  (located near the decorative wood moulding).

3. The inside got a coat of Valspar’s Berry Brown.

valspar berry brown

4. Once dry, I taped off the inside using FrogTape, making sure the edges were sealed to activate the PaintBlock technology.

FrogTape

5. Next up, painting the outside two coats of the beautiful Pantone’s 2013 Emerald exclusively at Lowe’s.

Valspar Pantone Emerald

I love the consistency of Valspar’s Signature line.

painting dog bed

I removed the FrogTape immediately after the second coat…

FrogTape results

then let it dry overnight while I worked on a DIY box cushion…

DIY dog bed

6. Secure the parasol handle to the inside of the drawer using a hose clamp or pipe strap (however the box cushion I made has a snug fit and holds the parasol handle in place). I found that having the parasol positioned in the front of the drawer helps to be able to push it almost-flush against walls on the back side.

7. Pop in a pillow or cushion.

dresser drawer dog bed

Seven or less steps. Easy as pie. A yummy  (Pantone) Emerald and Raspberry indoor/outdoor dog bed.

BeforeDon’t feel too bad, she does have access to patio furniture too. You’ve seen her on that patio daybed!

rosie-before

Now:

Up for providing shade…

dresser drawer dog bed how-to

Down for getting sun/overcast days…

DIY dresser drawer pet bed

No parasol for indoors…

DIY pet bed

I’m even thinking of personalizing it for her…

CocoRosie dog bed

Result is a pampered pooch. Maybe now I’ll have the patio daybed to myself! How do you spoil your pets?

Pantone Emerald pet bed

Of note: 

*I do not leave the dog bed outside in the rain.

Notice the chandelier flower planter hanging in the tree? See the DIY Chandelier Planter Tutorial for more details. 

DIY Chandelier Planter

*Sharing here: The Shabby Creek Cottage, Tatertots & Jello, Miss Mustard Seed

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*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this project for using Pantone’s Emerald in Valspar’s Signature paint challenge, however the tutorial images, instructions and opinions are my own. Your dog’s behavior may vary. DIY results may vary.

Awesome DIY Highlights and THAT DIY PARTY

Everybody! It’s time to party! Have a project that took some thought, hard work, sweat, blood, tears? Break a nail? Make a mess? Be proud! SHOW it OFF!

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DIY Show Off Recap: I have something to show off from earlier in the week. My free-standing (moveable) vertical pallet herb garden. By far one of my favorite DIY projects this year. Looks so pretty, smells delicious and tastes so good. A great addition to the patio and conveniently located near the kitchen door.

free-standing-vertical-pallet-herb-garden

Last week’s DIY party was filled with some awesome DIY. Here are some amazing highlights. (*Reminder: Please pin from the original source links included below.)

DIY Party Highlights

That DIY Party

Beautiful Rooms

Ready to drool? I could live in this space! It’s the sweetest barn reveal at Pudel Design…you have to check out all of the fabulous details. Dreamy and inspiring to get our barn patio cleaned up for the summer.

barn reveal at Pudel Design

As I catch up on laundry in my horrible awful no good laundry room today, I’m so envious of Kathryn’s gorgeous laundry room. She shared her amazing before and after laundry room reveal at The Dedicated House. So.inspiring. There’s hope for me yet!

laundry room makeover at The Dedicated House

Fab Furniture

I love everything that Julia completes and her beautiful mid-century modern dresser makeover at Cuckoo 4 Design is stunning accent in her beautiful room…

cuckoo4design midcentury modern dresser makeover

The same goes for Anu. Something as simple as giving a set of stools a fresh new look in shade of mint is a brilliant way to add some color and interest to otherwise overlooked functional accent pieces…

shades of mint stool set at Nalle’s House

mint stools at Nalle's place

Don’t you just loooove a fun room accent. Talk about a conversation piece. Susan’s first aid foot locker at HomeRoad has a beautiful new finish and even casters! Love it! Don’t you?

HomeRoad first aid foot locker

Can you believe Shannon only paid $5 for this table? See the awesome before and after table transformation at Fox Hollow Cottage. I think I need to plan a shopping trip. Shannon?

Duncan Phyfe table makeover at Fox Hollow Cottage

Kathy has some awesome furniture rehab skills! Love the gorgeous blue and white, stenciled numbers…every detail. See the full beach inspired dresser makeover at Petticoat Junction.

beach inspired dresser makeover at Petticoat Junction

Isn’t this the sweetest little toddler bed? Awe! It’s darling! See the Restoration Hardware knock off toddler bed tutorial at The House of Wood.

toddler bed tutorial at The House of Wood

I love the mismatched chairs and this cute map top table at Paper Daisy Designs. So eclectic and fun, Leslie!

map table at Paper Daisy Designs

Tips & Tricks 

Cristina at Remodelando la Casa has great tips for lengthening curtains…I’ve done this with my living room curtains which needed a good 12″. I just purchased one extra panel to do the job. Works like a charm!

making curtains longer - Remodelando la Casa

A great way to make cute labels using Picmonkey at Bles-ID by Julia. Adorable!

DIY labels using Picmonkey at Bles-ID blog

Ugh. I hate when rattan furniture unravels, don’t you? Makes you want to pitch it or bury it deep in the back of the garage. Thankfully, Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life saves the day and shares a great tip for fixing outdoor rattan furniture. Amazing!

how to fix rattan furniture at A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

Amazing Accents

Ceiling lights are like room jewelry and Chaney sure knows how to accessorize! Her wood shim pendant at May Richer Fuller Be is so cute!

Wood-Shim-Pendant-Light at richer fuller be blog

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More DIY Highlights: Oh – and here’s a link to the previous week’s DIY highlights if you missed them. So much creativity!

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THAT DIY PARTY: Now let’s see what you’ve been up to!

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2. This blog linky party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted. Please share your link one week only.  Please do not link recipes, giveaways, linky parties, promotions or a collection of inspiration that isn’t your own DIY project. 

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THAT DIY PARTY and DIY Highlights

Every week, I have the best time going through the awesome project links at THAT DIY PARTY. And I’m inspired by your creativity. Thank you so much for sharing! Here are some amazing do-it-yourself project highlights from the last two weeks. (Find something “pinteresting”? Please visit the awesome links below to pin from the original source!):

DIY Party Highlights

DIY-PROJECTS

Beautiful Rooms

Always my favorite: eclectic style. Industrial school house dining room at Nellie Bellie

eclectic dining room by Nellie Bellie

Laundry closet makeover by Bles ID

laundry closet makeover by bles-id blog

and a gorgeous home office reveal by The Blissful Bee

home office makeover by The Blissful Bee

Bright, beautiful dining room by Remodelando La Casa

dining room makeover at Remodelandolacasa

Inspiring ‘spring’ in the living room at the Happy Housie

spring living room at The Happy Housie

Dining room tour at a Little of This, a Little of That

diningroom tour at A little of This, A little of That

Craft room reveal at Fynes Designs

craft room reveal at Fynes Designs

Bathroom makeover by Me and My DIY

bathroom makeover by me and my diy

Fab Furniture

Rustic X base console table by The Chronicles of Home

DIY x base table by The Chronicles of Home

Suitcase Side Table by the Weathered Door

DIY Suitcase Side Table by the Weathered Door

Yardstick table by Vintage Mellie

yardstick table by Vintage Mellie

Split stump side table by the Wood Grain Cottage

split stump side table by the Wood Grain Cottage

DIY bar stook desk by Liz Marie blog

diy bar stool desk by liz marie blog

Amazing Accents

Beautiful bungalow fireplace makeover and horse art by Decorate a Little Bit.

art-fireplace-makeover by Decorate a Little Bit

How to make double layered Roman shades by Songbird (on my to-do list, thanks, Marianne!)…

How-to-make-double-layered-roman-shades by Songbird Blog

How to make Spoon Flowers by May Richer Fuller Be

Spoon Flowers by May Richer Fuller Be

Large number stenciling tutorial by Lake Girl Paints

number-stenciling by Lake Girl Paints

Chicken Coop by Living and Learning with Luisa

Chicken Coop by Learning and Living with Luisa

DIY portable fire feature by With a Blast

DIY fire feature by With a Blast

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DIY Show Off Recap:

Patio Swing Makeover

before…

patio swing makeover

after…

patio swing makeover - after

Just for fun…CocoRosie and her striped snoodie hoodie from SpoiledBratzwear. Isn’t she adorable? Those eyes! And who can resist her in her custom clothing? (hey…when human baby girls grow up, furbaby girl gets spoiled!)

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all of my ‘mom’ friends! xoxo

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2. This blog linky party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted. Please share your link one week only.  Please do not link recipes, giveaways, linky parties, promotions or a collection of inspiration that isn’t your own DIY project. 

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Patio Swing Before and After

The patio makeover is looking so good but our canopied swing was looking a little tired…

patio swing makeover

see patio makeover

patio-makeover

I love the drapes we use on our gazebo every year. I purchased them years ago from Moshells.com. The sheer drapes go up in May and come down in October. They hang outdoors for those 5 months in the rain, in the sun. These were the most affordable sheers I could find and I am so happy with the quality. No fraying, no fading. Still good as new…

grape arbor gazebo

So when I decided to give our canopied swing a makeover, I knew I wanted to use sheer drapes again (perfect for a romantic summer vibe).

how to add curtains to a patio swing

Did I mention that not only do I love the quality but the prices are budget friendly? Yup! The sheer panels I chose are $3.99 each.

moshells-sheer-panels

I used seven 84″ sheer curtain panels to enclose our canopied swing. Here’s how I did it (drawing it up seemed easier to explain)…

I started with the top (shown in center below), then pinned and sewed each of the other panels around the top curtain panel:

easy-DIY-swing-drapes

 

Wasn’t that easy?!

Then I slipped it into place (under the canvas canopy but over the frame).

installing-sheer-panels-to-swing

{I added some outdoor solar lights for night time too.}

And the curtain panels blew around in the breeze. That won’t do!

patio swing makeover

To keep the curtains from blowing around, I purchased galvanized pipe (two 60″, two 48″ and two 6″) and gave them a coat of brown spray paint. Once dry, I simply slid them into the bottom hem of the sheer curtains.

diy drape weights

The 60″ pipes for the sides, which are long enough to tuck on the inside of the frame (longer than the curtain hem). I’ll probably even grab some pipe caps next time I’m out.

diy patio swing curtains

The 48″ pipes are for the back side (because the curtains overlap…one long continuous pipe won’t work)… When it’s functioning as a swing, the pipes will hang/weight the sheer drapes. When it’s in the daybed position, they’re tucked under the frame before frame pins are inserted.

back of patio swing

I used the 6″ galvanized pipes as weight for the front curtains which are tied back with organza ribbon.

ribbon curtain tie backs

I also covered the cushion (super easy envelope-enclosure pillow cover style). Fabric is Maco Indoor/Outdoor Pisa Texture Cocoa.  Just one huge pillow cover…the fabric design lining up just right was a happy accident! Love when that happens!

outdoor cushion cover

{swing}

patio swing cushions

{daybed

Before…

patio swing makeover

After…

patio swing makeover - after

patio swing makeover

Much better, right?

covered patio swing

Our swing folds down into a daybed. When we’re entertaining, I simply remove the pins and fold it up into more of a ‘bench with back’/swing position for additional seating. But when it’s just us, this daybed set up is perfect for lazy naps on warm afternoons. Just ask CocoRosie…

canopied patio swing

For those who have inquired, this is the Hampton Bay Sonoma swing which we purchased in 2008. I can’t find it available anywhere now. Here is what I was able to find that is similar: Target Pergola Swing, Target Gazebo Swing.

patio daybed

You may also be interested in our free standing pallet herb garden

free-standing-vertical-pallet-herb-garden

 

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*Big thanks to Moshells who generously provided me with the above sheer drapes in exchange for my review. Watch for the ‘free shipping’ promotions! I am a previous satisfied customer (present and probably future too) and as always, opinion, experience, tutorial and photos are my own. 

{THAT DIY PARTY} Highlights

THAT DIY PARTY from last week had some inspiring awesome projects I wanted to point out to you.

diy highlights

 Please visit the links below for full details from these talented DIY’ers…{be prepared to be ‘wowed’!}

DIY Party Highlights

Rooms

Living Room Reveal – The Turquoise Home

living room makeover

Almost Free Master Bedroom Makeover – The Happy Housie

master bedroom makeover

Patio Makeover – The Happier Homemaker

patio makeover

Entryway Command Center – Craftivity Designs

entry way makeover

Boy’s Bedroom – Just the Bee’s Knees

boys bedroom makeover

Media Room – Paper Daisy Designs

media room makeover

Master Bathroom Makeover – Golden Boys & Me

master bathroom makeover

Bathroom Makeover – Earning Our Stripes

bathroom makeover

Furniture

Vanity Table Makeover – Dixie Delights

vanity makeover

Chalkboard Dresser – Too Much Time on my Hands

chalkboard dresser

Campaign Nightstand Makeover – The Weathered Door

campaign nightstand makeover

DIY Farmhouse Headboard – The Turquoise Home

diy farmhouse headboard

Pallet Table – Happy, Healthy & Domestic

pallet table

DIY Upholstered Wingback Chair – Lovely Little Life

diy-upholstered-wingback chair

Once Upon a Time Creation – DIY vintage door/cabinet desk

diy vintage door desk

Pottery Barn inspired side table – Wood Grain Cottage

pottery barn inspired table

Misc. DIY Projects

DIY bubble fountain – Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

diy bubble fountain

Mason Jar Window Treatment – It All Started with Paint

mason jar window treatment

DIY Pulley Light – Vintage Prairie Style

diy pulley light

Vintage Rolling Pin Hook Rack – Day2Day Super Mom

vintage rolling pin hook rack

Restoration Hardware Vintage Paris Map Knock Off – Maison de Pax

restoration hardware paris map knock off

Repurposed Headboard – Shabby Gals

repurposed headboard coat rack

Posh Pink Giraffe – Pottery Barn inspired Clock

Pottery Barn inspired clock

Awesome and so inspiring! Thanks to everyone who participates and ‘shows off’ their DIY projects!

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Fabulous DIY Furniture Makeovers – before and after

Some of our super talented blog friends are showing off their fabulous furniture DIY projects today. Be sure to visit each amazing blog for the original post.

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Kristin from Simply Klassic Home: Being a single mom for a large part of my life, I can appreciate Kristin’s creativity when it comes to creating a beautiful home on a single mom’s budget. The dresser before was sort of ordinary. Simply KlassicDesign-dresser-before

and the awesome after has tons of rustic charm… Simply Klassic Design-two-toned-dresser-after

 

Sachiko from Tea Rose Home found an Ethan Allen chair at the thrift store, not her favorite color combination… Tea Rose Home - chair-before

but a little DIY attention and now it’s darling…with beautiful fabrics and hand quilted cushions.

ea Rose Home - chair-makeover

 

Live from B5: One of my favorite DIY projects is transforming an old table into an ottoman and Melanie did an amazing job!

table before Live from B5 -coffee-table

NOW: upholstered ottoman with nailhead trim Live from B5 - diy-ottoman

House of 34 – BUILT this pretty console/entryway table. Don’t you love those spindly legs and beautiful stained top? ode to my abode - DIY-entry-table

Hello Boudreau: This bar cart before was nothing special… http://www.helloboudreau.blogspot.com/2012/09/my-diy-bar-cart.html

but after! WOW! Party time!  hello boudreau - bar-cart-after

Namely Original: Great idea! Good solid furniture with wood trim not the right color, gets a makeover using gel stain. Beautiful rich tone, instant update and matches the other wood tones in the living room.  Namely Original - chair-makeover

Upcycle Addict: An old table top is transformed into a large clock for a fraction of the price of a brand new one with similar large dimensions. Easy DIY & BIG impact! Upcycle Addict-DIY-big-clock

and here are a few of my past furniture makeover projects…

ABC chair painted upholstered chairs

 

tips for building an ottoman tips for building an ottoman

coffee table with upholstered top DIY upholstered tufted ottoman

steamer trunk – coffee table steamer trunk coffee table

kitchen bar makeoverkitchen island finished

DIY upholstered headboard makeover

See more DIY furniture makeovers.

 

Tufted Upholstered Twin Headboard Makeover

Ali needed a twin bed for her apartment. She wanted a neutral upholstered headboard with tufting.These were perfect for what she had in mind, except the $250+ price tag was not in her budget.

inspiration west elm diamond tufted headboard

West Elm Diamond Tufted Headboard in sand

bellacor tufted headboard

Bellacor tufted twin headboard in premier oatmeal

We were up for the DIY “get this look for less” challenge. We found this vinyl covered gem at a second hand store… {$20 including the bed frame!}

before upholstered headboard before

What we used:

  • old headboard
  • batting
  • fabric covered button kit
  • drop cloth
  • fishing line
  • FrogTape
  • staples & staple gun

Once I got the headboard home, I discovered that the headboard itself was not solid. There’s only a wood frame covered with vinyl. It’s hollow. Darn. But we moved forward, fingers crossed.

First step was to determine where the buttons for tufting would be placed. I created a grid on the back of the headboard using FrogTape. DIY headboard marking for tufts

Since marking black vinyl is a little tricky, the Frogtape helped to mark the areas I wanted to drill a hole… drilling headboard

I removed the FrogTape but it won’t hurt to keep it in place.

Next, I rested the headboard on top of a piece of batting and cut batting big enough to wrap around the edges onto the back side. You can use spray adhesive to help hold it into place.

Staple batting onto the back side of the headboard.  stapling batting onto headboard

This is how I wrapped and secured the corners: by pulling the corner of the batting over the corner of the headboard, stapling, then folding and stapling the long edges of the batting. It was a little tricky around the leg of the headboard, just make sure batting lays smoothly. upholstered headboard corners

Carefully trim away the excess batting… trimming batting

Here’s how it looks from the front:  upholstering a headboard

While I covered the back of the headboard with sheet of drop cloth measured and cut to fit the back side using spray adhesive to hold into place then followed the same steps above with the drop cloth fabric… DIY upholstered headboard

Ali covered buttons using dropcloth scraps {she’s less than thrilled about the photo op. lol}… covering tufting buttons

To create tufting with, use a finishing nail to hold the fishing line in place. To keep it from going through the drilled hole, place the nail through the loop in the thread. Lay the finishing nail across the back of the hole and loop the thread over the nail and back up through the hole. Repeat a few times and then tie off the thread to the finishing nail. Twist the nail to draw the button down into the fabric to the desired depth. Use a staple gun and staple diagonally across the nail to secure it and keep it from unwinding {more tufted button instructions at wikihow}. tufting an upholstered headboard

Before and After…

before and after headboard

Total cost of DIY: less than $50!

DIY tufted upholstered headboard makeover

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Simple Redesign: Dresser to Media Center

DIY Project: dresser turned media center

Blog: Simple Redesign

simple redesign

Julie from Simply Redesign recently share on her blog “how to turn a dresser into a media center” with the help of her husband. Here is the dresser before:

dresser before

 

Amazing after…

dresser after

DIY media center

Simple Redesign shares TONS of DIY, great custom furniture tips and lots of inspiring furniture makeovers to motivate rescuing something old and making it fabulous. Here are a few more favorites…

painted dresser chartreuse

painted furniture

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Looking back: 2012 DIY recap

As a DIY’er, I’m always taking a look at what’s not finished, what needs work and planning my next project. But at the end of the year, I love looking back and reflecting on everything we did accomplish. 2012 was a busy year! Here is a recap of some of my DIY. {Warning: This is long. Who knew? Some of these feel like a lot longer than the past year.}

First and foremost…whether you’re a long time DIY Show Off reader or it’s your first visit…welcome! And THANK YOU for your support and encouragement in 2012. 2013 will be my 6th year of blogging and I’m looking forward to many more years!

January – a DIY dressing room reveal with ideas for organization

dressing room

 a stairway/landing makeover

after {now} and all dressed up for Christmas…

stair landing Christmas time

February: vintage inspired craft room reveal

vintage craft room

Reading nook and living room updates…we’ve since installed new distressed wide plank bamboo flooring.

gallery wall, thrift store wall art, console table, stair wall, living room

blue Valentine DIY decorative accents

fun wood block accent tutorial

March: a painted foam puzzle playmat

painted foam playmat, rustic vintage restaurant sign, do it yourself, tutorial painted rug

a tissue paper pouf wreath

tissue paper wreath

 a DIY canvas table runner

clock theme dining room

Easter decorating DIY

 Easter, decor, do it yourself, faux chocolate bar sign, wood sign, centerpiece

DIY peacock feather triptych

April: easy DIY baseboard tutorial

DAP Dyna Flex baseboard caulking tutorial

and talking about chandeliers

repurposed coffee table

May: Styrofoam convex mirror tutorial

DIY convex mirror tutorial

opening the pool at mom’s! I shared my mom’s idea for hanging beach towels…a DIY beach towel rack from large double curtain rod.

curtain rod towel bar

In June, I found some “before” kitchen pictures and shared our kitchen makeover in reverse…

now…

farmhouse kitchen

{more of our eclectic farmhouse kitchen details}

before…

farmhouse kitchen before

The Haven conference was definitely a 2012 highlight: my favorite topics {DIY and decorating} and meeting others I’ve “known” who share my love of DIY and blogging…who’s going this year? This girl right here!

Haven 2012 swag bag

July – I had the pleasure of hosting the Pittsburgh I LOVE Thrifting Day for the 2nd year! An opportunity for my favorite past time: spending time with my girls and family, thrift store shopping and meeting local blog friends.

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August: DIY distressed chevron sign {wood plank}…

garden sign

headboard door pediment

DIY repurposed headboard

Summer & Fall 2012:

before

 apartment walls before

Apartment renovation – I took on renovating a tiny three room apartment from minor cosmetic to interior decorating. From refinishing floors, lots of clean up and painting, a budget friendly bathroom makeover and tons of DIY thrifty decorating fun! While meant to be a summer project, it’s turned out to take a little more time. I don’t mind. You know I love working, DIY and decorating. I will be taking final photos this week and sharing the reveal in the next few days! So exciting! But here are some projects related to renovating and decorating the tiny apartment that I did have a chance to share…

after

Tiffany & Co. spray painted steamer trunk

bathroom floor before

bathroom makeover - before

bathroom floor after {tips for tiling}

Daltile Carrara ceramic tile

See all things related to the apartment renovation here! Reveal and more project updates coming soon.

herringbone accent wall

Rustoleum Countertop Transformations:

Rustoleum Countertop Transformations before and after

Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations/painting kitchen cabinets:

before

apartment kitchen before

after

Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations pure white

September: rustic DIY sign tutorial

distress sign tutorial at DIY Show Off

a kitchen bar makeover. An outdated kitchen bar set gets a new look for a tiny eat in apartment kitchen. kitchen island makeover

October: A little behind the scenes of the DIY Show Off blog. {more of my blogging story and the “real” life behind blogging…not as glamorous as it look!}

life of a blogger quote

November: how to turn a coffee table into an upholstered ottoman.

DIY upholstered tufted ottoman

Decembersitting room mini-makeover.

and a little motivation with colorful Christmas decorating to get the family room makeover going in 2013…

colorful eclectic Christmas

Coming up in 2013? It’s a little ambitious, but here’s a look at my DIY wish list:

  • family room renovation – time to get this eclectic room done! I’m considering making it a bit of a craft space as well. Current craft space is a bit jam packed and upstairs. Who needs a family room right next to a living room anyway?
  • front door and front entryway – I long for a front door, a beautiful welcoming front entry for welcoming guests.
  • pantry and kitchen island – these were meant for 2012 but never started.
  • laundry room makeover – I have the ugliest laundry room on the planet. When we moved in, I relocated it from the scary spidery basement to the first floor. That’s all I can say.
  • bathrooms…I have 2 upstairs that need renovated. Huge embarrassing bathroom spaces. I’m ready for a dream bathroom, relaxing cottage style.
  • master bedroom…always last on the DIY priority list, but maybe ’13 will be the lucky year. ?
  • Not DIY…rescuing a dog (working from home = little socialization and missing the company of our doxie).
  • Haven 2013! Bring it on!
  • Working on some blog design and layout changes as well. Toying with the idea of a new lifestyle blog (with DIY here of course) but thoughts of keeping up with two blogs is sort of scary!

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His & Hers painted pillow covers

His & Hers Pillow Covers

I shared my painted upholstered chairs

Christmas sitting room with painted striped chairs

I also liked that the Serena & Lily chair {my inspiration for the stripe} had matching accent pillows.

Serena and Lily Bark Miramar Racing Stripe Chair

I just so happened to have 2 matching pillow cases on hand. What are the chances? I have had them just sitting in a basket in my craft room along with the other supplies. I love when DIY project was meant to be! {Chairs are actually a light grey and the pillows are a linen color…but they look so well together!}

His and Hers Pillow Covers tutorial

Materials:

  • FrogTape
  • two pillow covers
  • latex paint
  • acrylic craft paint
  • stencils

FrogTape-stripe-pillow-cover-tutorial

I measured the width of the stripes on the chairs and using FrogTape,I created the same stripe on the front of my pillow covers. I did insert a piece of cardboard to prevent paint from soaking through the back side. I filled in my stripe with the brown latex paint that I used on the chairs. I removed the FrogTape and let them dry. Then simply used stencils to spell out “His” and “Hers” (using an acrylic craft paint). I’ve read that you can set the paint with a warm iron.

I also liked that some of the fabric shows through for a worn look.

painted pillow cover

Awe…His & Hers

FrogTape painted striped Hers pillow

Now my chairs are complete! Christmas in the sitting room coming soon! :)

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Painted Upholstered Chair Tutorial {before and after}

Painted upholstered chairs – story of an unplanned DIY.

Does your DIY ever go like this: I started my day with big plans to finally sew the curtains in the family room. In order to do so, I needed to clean off the dining room table which was piled with boxes filled with ornaments and holiday decor and other junk from the shuffling around, rearranging and decorating {because of course the table in my craft room is piled high with an unorganized cluttered mess that also needs cleaned}.

DIY painted upholstered chair tutorial

Of course clearing the dining room table meant decorating for Christmas which lead me to the room right off the dining room that we’re currently calling the “sitting room”. So, in order to sew curtains for the family room, I had to clean the dining room which meant decorating the sitting room and in there were these chairs.

These $6 thrift store chairs. I loved the color and pattern. But I have had a difficult time with orange, fuchsia and olive green colors. Love them. But they don’t work in our home. I gave them a chance, but not even in our eclectic home. I considered slipcovers but I am decorating this room right now. No materials or time for slipcovers.

{before}

chair before

And I had the brilliant idea to paint them. Right then. That minute.

I had seen the upholstery painting tutorial at Hyphen Interiors in 2011. Loved it. Left an impression. Very inspiring.

I also knew I had most materials on hand. Paint! Everything except the fabric medium. I’ve looked at the bottles for sale at Michael’s in the past {for painted curtains} and knew they weren’t cheap. I was also still in my pajamas and on a mission. Sewing curtains, remember?! But these multi-colored chairs were an obstacle.

DIY girls thoughts: No fabric medium. No budget. No desire to run to the store. Lots of leftover latex paint. The only one who really sits in these chairs is the cat. So for now…if painting doesn’t go right, I can still slip cover them at a later date. GO FOR IT!

I found a left over can of Ralph Lauren paint that I hated working with as it was super watery. Perfect! I watered it down even further with water. I didn’t measure, just created a consistency that was still able to hold to the paint brush but watery enough to be absorbed into the textured fabric of the chairs. I used a 2.5 inchPurdy brush.

I gave the chairs a good cleaning, getting up all of the cat hair (FrogTape works great as a cat fur remover).

And I just started painting. My mixture of latex and water had amazing coverage.

I also taped off the legs using FrogTape.

painting upholstered chair

Sometimes I had to swirl the brush for coverage, then followed up with a straight brush stroke.

painting upholstery

And worked my way along the bottom edges, up the side, around the back, in the creases of the attached cushions and finished by painting the seat back and cushion.

painting an upholstered chair

I took a few breaks and a bigger one between the painting the two chairs. The Paintbrush Cover was perfect for keeping my paintbrush from drying out. It creates an airtight seal during usage. Simply place the brush in the cover and close the lid. After my break, I simply opened the cover, removed my brush. It was like I never stopped painting! {Thanks to Salvatore of the Paintbrush Cover for the gift…definitely something that’s going to get a lot of use around here. If you paint a lot…visit the link above to purchase a few for yourself. Definitely useful and convenient! 2 must have DIY paint tools to have on hand: FrogTape and the Paintbrush Cover.}

The Paintbrush Cover

One coat. It dried fairly fast. I removed the FrogTape which perfectly protected the wooden legs. Who even noticed those pretty legs with that crazy printed fabric before? Discovery: She has legs with beautiful carved detail!

removing FrogTape

The texture which was lost in the busy pattern…

before

upholstery before

now shows the quilted pattern with a solid color…

after

painted upholstery after

SO PRETTY!

And before you ask, yes…without the fabric medium, my chairs are rough. They have a vinyl look and feel. Since the paint is watered down…it’s not going to crack or chip or anything. The paint is absorbed into the fabric. I would recommend NOT skipping the fabric medium and to use the recipe shared by Hyphen Interiors. However…if you find yourself in a DIY emergency like me and aren’t particular about a sort of vinyl look/feel. And you have to do something or your entire Christmas decorating is going to be a big fail and you’ll never move on to the project that you planned to complete in the first place…I must tell you, I love these chairs now. Forget the slipcovers.

I knew I wanted to do more than just have a set of solid light grey chairs. My inspiration:

Serena & Lily Bark Miramar Racing Stripe Chair

Serena and Lily Bark Miramar Racing Stripe Chair

Of course I know that my chairs aren’t the same shape. They’re slender girls with long legs. But that stripe. I love that stripe. Not quite a knock off or copy cat project, but it’s what inspired my next steps…

I found the center of the chair and using FrogTape, created a stripe down the middle. I was sure to burnish the edges where the tape would meet paint. And using  leftover {watered down} brown latex paint, I painted in my stripes from bottom of the front of the chair, over the cushion, up seat back and down the back of the chair.

FrogTape stripe

I removed the FrogTape while the paint was still wet, pulling away from the wet paint. I did take a wet paper towel to carefully wipe away wet paint where a tiny bit seeped under the tape due to the texture of the fabric. See – it’s a good thing I have that vinyl-ish finish!

Removing FrogTape Stripe

Amazing transformation, right? Love it!

striped painted upholstery

Now I’m happy with my $6 chairs.And I was able to decorate the sitting room for Christmas.

See more Painted Upholstery Chair pictures in the sitting room mini makeover. 

painted upholstered chair tutorial

His & Hers painted pillow covers

painted pillow cover

{tutorial}

His and Hers Pillow Covers tutorial

I was able to get the dining room table cleared off and decorated and the clutter put away. (okay…for real, some of that was shifted to the craft room table which is dangerously close to an avalanche. Shhhh!)

I still haven’t sewn 6 of the 8 family room curtain panels. {Remember the no sew ruffled ombre tree skirt and the sewing machine being at the repair shop? One of these days I’ll get those curtains done. You don’t remember that I’ve had the fabric since June, do you?}

Perhaps another day, I’ll have a DIY plan that will go according to plan.

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DIY Project Parade

Hello DIY friends! Another busy week of DIY! Here’s a DIY recap from DIY Show Off last week. I was all about coffee tables!

Junked trunk to coffee table ~perfect budget friendly furnishing/storage solution for a small apartment. Just some spray paint and FrogTape.

Tiffany & Co. spray painted steamer trunk

and a DIY upholstered tufted coffee table turned ottoman for the family room…

DIY upholstered tufted ottoman

Wow. WOW! Last week’s party was so much fun and everything linked up was amazing! There was so much inspiration, I’m speechless. Not ‘wordless’ because I have to type something up but you.are.DIY.stars, my friends! You can see all of last week’s linked DIY here and I had the best of intentions of including some highlights but you guys, it’s so pretty here this weekend (unheard of for November…in the 70s today!) And we have a lot of this to clean up…

fall leaves

So I will share some awesome highlights this coming week instead of today.

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Junked trunk to coffee table {apartment storage}

Remember this past summer when I scored a lot of a LOT of steamer trunks?

painted trunk

Before…

steamer trunk before

With furnishing the small apartment on a SUPER tight budget, we decided that one of these trunks would make a great coffee table since it would also provide a storage solution for the tiny apartment space.

We started out by cleaning up the trunk. It’s not in mint condition, but my daughter appreciates imperfection and character too or well, the fact that it was a “free” solution helped.

cleaning trunk

We gave it a basecoat of white spray paint and let it dry…

white basecoat on old trunk

We used two strips of FrogTape to preserve stripes of the white spray paint underneath two coats of aqua spray paint. Be sure to press down the edges of FrogTape before spraying!

FrogTape steamer trunk

More spray paint…

spray painted steamer trunk

Then peel off the FrogTape while it is still wet {yes, you will get paint on your hands}. I don’t remember the first aqua-color we tried, but it was too swimming pool blue. DIY is sometimes a trial and error. So, we used the yellow FrogTape Delicate surface for the second try and Rustoleum Painter’s Touch Ultra x2 in Satin Lagoon. Much better…

spray painted steamer trunk

And I always get so excited and want to keep embellishing and stenciling when it’s so easy and fun to do, but Ali liked the simple “Tiffany & Co.” look of white stripes on lagoon blue and who am I to argue with that because I have to agree…it’s pretty darn cute.

Tiffany & Co. spray painted steamer trunk

Painted steamer trunk cost:Great price for dual purpose, first apartment furniture. And the pop of color? Love it!

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DIY upholstered tufted ottoman tutorial {Wayfair DIY Challenge}

Remember, oh I don’t know, 10 years ago (Just kidding. It feels that way!) when I started our family room makeover? Then we got sidetracked with an apartment renovation but since we’re wrapping up the last minute details there, the family room makeover is back on my DIY schedule. Of course that means a lot of DIY projects, decorating and furnishing and on that list was a DIY upholstered tufted ottoman. 

DIY upholstered tufted ottoman

Challenge: Have you heard of Wayfair.com? It’s the largest online retailer of home furnishings and decor, with millions of products for the home that fit any style and budget. They believe that getting crafty with your decor is one of the best ways to add a unique personal touch to your home. That’s why they created the DIY Blogger Challenge. I was invited to participate and had the option to choose from a coffee table, book case or pendant light. All fun products but I took one look at the coffee table and knew I wanted to create an upholstered tufted ottoman.

pinterest challenge logo

And as I found many tutorials and inspiration on Pinterest, I’m joining the Fall Pinterest Challenge as well. I have built an ottoman in the past {see my tips for building an ottoman} but tufting is a new experience to me and one I’ve been wanting to try for a while now. My ottoman upholstery/tufting experience: 

DIY upholstered tufted ottoman tutorial

Here’s what I did: 

  • Furinno Espresso Coffee Table
  • 4″ foam (This can be pricey. Use coupons or try foam from an egg crate twin bed cushion.) 
  • batting
  • fabric (I purchased 1 1/2 yards. 1 yard for the project, scrap for button covers)
  • spray adhesive
  • tools: scissors, Sharpie, yard stick, drill, electric knife, felt tip pen, screwdriver

I started by laying the coffee table top on my foam and measuring just a little bit bigger (about 1/2 inch).

DIY tufted ottoman - marking foam

Using an electric knife, I cut out my piece of foam.

DIY Ottoman Tutorial - cutting foam

With a yard stick and measuring in halves, I made a grid on the foam with a Sharpie. Then decided where I wanted my button tufts to be located. I did 3 rows totaling 11 buttons (4 buttons, 3 buttons then 4 buttons). 

DIY ottoman tutorial - grid on foam

I poked a hole where I wanted my button tufts using a screw driver. Then flipped my foam and poked through that side as well.

DIY ottoman tutorial - poking holes in foam

The screwdriver pushed out the foam, creating a small hole all the way through the foam. 

DIY ottoman tutorial - poking holes in foam

I flipped my coffee table top back side up, laid the foam on top and using a felt tip pen pushed into the holes, I made a mark on the table top where I’d want to drill holes for tufting. 

DIY ottoman tutorial - marking drill holes

I drilled the marks, then flipped the table top over and cleaned up that side of the drilled holes by drilling through them again. 

DIY ottoman tutorial - drill holes

Next I used a spray adhesive to attach the foam to the table top. 

DIY ottoman tutorial - spray adhesive for foam to wood

Then covered the foam with batting (cut just a half inch longer than the edges of the foam and table top).

DIY ottoman tutorial - cover foam with batting

I covered the batting with my fabric. Again, measuring and cutting just enough to pull onto the underneath for stapling. 

DIY ottoman tutorial - cover with fabric

Tufting:

  • fabric scrap and button kit (or buttons for tufting)
  • upholstery needles
  • wax covered button thread DIY ottoman - tufting materials
  • anchor buttons
  • staples
  • tools: stapler, scissors

I put together the fabric covered buttons I wanted to use on the top of my ottoman for tufting. 

DIY ottoman tutorial - fabric covered buttons

Then, I threaded the largest upholstery needle with the waxed button thread. (I had no idea what this was for when starting but learned through use that the wax helps hold the tufted button when the waxed thread is pulled tight.) I attached the fabric covered button to my threaded needle and started at the center of my upholstered table top. Locating the hole is tricky (I did lift my batting to help guide my needle). Find the tufting hole and poke the needle through the fabric, batting, foam hole and into the hole in the wooden table top, pulling the needle out the bottom of the table top.

Thread an anchor button onto the needle. Thread the needle back through a second hole in the anchor button and back up through another hole one more time.  Push the button down towards the hole in the wooden table top. Pull tight.

While thread is pulled tight and anchor button is secure against the wooden table top, staple thread onto the wooden table top a few times using a zig zag pattern.

Leaving enough thread to tie a knot, cut the thread and put the needle aside. Tie a knot in the thread.

DIY ottoman tutorial - tufting tutorial

Repeat. I worked from the middle out. Note: I used random anchor buttons I already had on hand.

The front will look like this:

DIY ottoman tutorial - button tufting

Move completed tufted table top to an area where it can lie flat. Pull the fabric tight around the sides of the foam to the under side of the tabletop and staple into place. Start in the middle of each side and smooth batting and fabric as you go. 

DIY ottoman tutorial - stapling fabric

Then work on the corners. Wrap them like a present. There is no wrong way, just try to create a smooth corner. Staple into place on the bottom of the table top. Be sure to stay clear of the pre-drilled holes for attaching the legs to the table top!

All done! For added security, I covered my buttons and thread with duct tape (not shown). Flip and admire your upholstered tufted ottoman cushion!

DIY ottoman tutorial - upholstered tufted bench

Assemble the rest of the coffee table as per instructions. Attach newly upholstered tufted top just as you would the regular top according to the directions. Assembly was extremely easy.

DIY ottoman - assemble coffee table

  • tools: screwdriver, rubber mallet 

Accessorize: What I loved about this coffee table is that it has two bottom shelves and comes with bins! I gave the bins a little makeover using FrogTape and fabric paint and added chalkboard labels that I had on hand. 

DIY ottoman - painting bins

Now I have an upholstered tufted ottoman for the family room!

DIY upholstered tufted ottoman

DIY upholstered tufted ottoman

DIY upholstered tufted ottoman

DIY upholstered tufted ottoman

DIY upholstered tufted ottoman

DIY upholstered tufted ottoman

DIY upholstered tufted ottoman

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Disclosure: Thank you to Wayfair for the coffee table and the challenge and to Giftcards.com for providing the gift card for my project materials. This post was also partially sponsored and brought to you by FrogTape. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience and project results may vary. 

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Redoux Interiors’ tips and technique for creating a real wood look…

I’m on vacation this week – hurray! I’ll still be in and out of “the office” but I’m so happy to have a few guests this week. First up is my super talented blog friend, Karen:

Hi DIY Showoff Readers, I am Karen, aka “Good Time Charlie from Redoux Interiors.

I am thrilled to be here filling in for Roeshel. I love Roeshel’s blog so much, probably for many of the same reasons you do. There are really good tutorials here, and I always learn something new. I am going to share with you how to make anything look like wood, for real!

Do you ever find a piece of furniture, especially a table, that you really wished had a rich, wood toned top, and you could paint the rest. The problem? The top is plastic, or veneer that is really in bad shape, or just ugly wood! These nightstands started out like this:

I had a vision for these two. I wanted them to have a rich wood top, and an expensive, creamy glazed body.

I achieved the look by using several layers of glaze. This isn’t hard, and you don’t really need any particular artistic skills, just a little practice, and you can start turning any surface into wood.

I come across a lot of Farm tables like this. Maybe you even have one in your home? The wood top is usually inferior wood that isn’t stainable. Many of these tables are built well, they just need an updated “Redoux”!

If you haven’t worked with glaze before, you might want to start by just familiarizing yourself with how it works, feels. Try antiquing something with glaze, and then adding another darker glaze to deepen the color, you will get the hang of this technique in no time.

Let’s get started, time to gather your materials:

I use Modern Masters products for this technique, they are high quality and the products are concentrated so I end up using less. You can purchase these online through the MM website, some Kelly Moore stores have them, or you can buy them from my distributor HERE. Alternatively, you can use similar products, and high quality, highly pigmented acrylic paints (best purchased at an art supply store)

NOTE: If you are painting a surface where water where will be present, I recommend starting with two coats of an oil based primer, I like Zinnser. Follow this with a light brown standard paint, to make your “base color”.

TIP: You can paint over an oil based primer with water based paints and glazes, but not vice versa. Make sense?

  • Modern Masters Dead Flat Varnish, or Glidden Polycrylic in flat, or very low sheen
  • *Foam roller, or old paint brush
  • *High quality paint brush (I like Purdy Brand)
  • Glazing medium (cream)
  • *Tobacco Brown colorant (or warm wood acryclic paint color)
  • Aged Mahogany colorant (or similar acrylic paint color)
  • Van Dyke Brown or Coffee Bean Brown (this is a very dark brown color)
  • Cheese cloths, cut in half, and wadded up to look like a “pom pom”
  • Chip brushes, 2″, 3″, or 4″ (depending on the size of your piece)

1.Using the foam roller, apply varnish to a clean, lightly sanded surface. Using the high quality paint brush, lay off the varnish in the direction of the grain.

2.When 1st step is dry, prepare your glaze by making a mixture of TB colorant by a 1:6 ratio with glaze. Depending on how big of a piece you are glazing, start by making a small amount, you can always make more.

3. Using a chip brush, apply Tobacco Brown glaze all over surface, generally following the grain, (or if there is none, in the same direction). While this is still wet, apply your Aged Mahogany colorant straight out of the bottle. I like to pour some onto a paper plate and then use a chip brush to (dab it on). It should look like this when you are finished with this step.

4.Now Use your cheesecloth Pompom to pull the glaze in the direction of the grain. The pompom will absorb the excess glaze and softens the look. When your cheesecloth is loaded up with glaze, you can use it to apply glaze to the sides and details. Also, just sort of re”pompom” it to use a dryer section, and continue doing so until your cheese cloth is all used. Use your chip brush to pick up the excess glaze that may have settled in corners and grooves.

5. Prepare your next layer of glaze by using a mixture of the Van Dyke Brown (or very dark brown) in a 1:1 to ratio. This is a very strong mixture, if you want your wood to be lighter, use more glaze to colorant ratio. Apply Dark Brown glaze with a chip brush in the same way you did the first layer. If you are doing a cabinet door, start with the middle, and work your way to edges. Again, soften and “remove” excess glaze with a Cheesecloth “pompom”, following with a chip brush like you did in step #4.

***Optional step*** If you desire a richer, darker look, you can experiment by repeating the first step, just by adding another layer of the Tobacco Brown glaze, and then when dry, another layer of the Dark brown glaze.

6. You can decide to leave your finish as is, or you can take this optional step. When glaze is completely dry, use some of your dark brown colorant straight from the bottle. (Again, I like to pour it onto a paper plate). You can apply some to the edges, using a chip brush, and randomly throughout your piece to “darken” the wood. Use a rag to “blend” the colorant.

8. When you have achieved the desired look, seal with protectant of your choice. I have used wax or a clear coat, or nothing, depending on where my piece will be used. Both will work beautifully with this finish.

Tip: This is one of my favorite glazing “tricks”. You can try this on just about any surface. If you are painting a surface that is not easy to paint, i.e. laminate, etc., then it is a must that you begin with a high adhesive primer.

Here is the kitchen table I did, completely “glazed over”

Before:

Close up of corner:

One more note…..the chairs were black with the same fakey wood on the seats. I used my sprayer to paint out the chairs and the table base with Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black in an outdoor paint they carry called “Resilience”. I don’t usually use an exterior paint for indoor use, but this family has small children, entertains often, and I decided to go with something that would hold up to all kinds of wear and tear, and lots of wiping down!

The wonderful thing about this glaze treatment is the endless choices of wood tones you can come up with. Once you get comfortable with this method, you can begin experimenting with all different colors of glaze and colorants. Here are some other samples of work I have done using this technique:

This bathroom was honey colored Oak. The owner’s master bedroom was all Cherry Stained wood, I added more red tones using more Aged Mahogany to achieve this look:

This bathroom had all white laminate cupboards and did not match the English Country Style of the rest of the Decor. I used less red and dark tones to achieve this look:

This was a large, very light colored built in Oak cabinet. It didn’t suit the new owner’s tastes. Instead of stripping and staining the entire piece. (which would have been very long, laborious, and EXPENSIVE!), I used my glazed wood technique. The new owner’s were delighted. They had a rich, dark, built in, for a fraction of the cost and time it would have taken to strip and stain the entire piece.

Hopefully I inspired you to go create your own wood on some unsuspecting furniture! It is really fun to experiment with this technique. I would love to hear from you if you have more questions, or even better, see your results!

 What an awesome technique! Would you look at that gorgeous dark rich wood? ::insert whistle:: Thank you so much, Karen for sharing your tricks with us! Can’t wait to give this a try!!!